The Criminal Process

The criminal legal system that operates in England and Wales remains entirely separate from that of Scotland and Northern Ireland and they are considered as separate jurisdictions.

England and Wales

The Core Quality Standards

Issued under Section 10 of the Prosecution of Offences Act giving guidance on the general principles to be applied when making decisions about prosecutions.
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The Code for Crown Prosecutors

Issued under Section 10 of the Prosecution of Offences Act giving guidance on the general principles to be applied when making decisions about prosecutions.
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The decision to prosecute

This explains how prosecution decisions are reached.
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Northern Ireland

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Scotland

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